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Alpha Zeta 'R' Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore, 2018

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Price per bottle: £15.00
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Tasting Notes

Ruby red in colour, with a concentrated perfume of red and black cherries, with the ripasso adding a dried cherry intensity. Full-bodied on the palate, with a lovely balance between opulent cherry-pie character and supple structure. Good length with a mouthwatering bitter-cherry twist on the finish.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2015
Grape varieties 70% Corvina/Corvinone
30% Rondinella
Region Valpolicella, Veneto
Winemaker Luca Degani
Alcohol (ABV) 13.5%


"Skins and grapes used to make amarone are refermented in basic valpolicella. David explains. “Ripasso was born out of frugality – from a waste-not want-not culture. It's like using a teabag twice – but the grapes are good grapes and still have plenty more to offer.”

So yes, ruby-red ripasso is one of my favourites. It is soft, supple, with both fresh fruit and murmurs of fruit cake on the nose, and to taste is packed with cherry puree and has creamy flirtations with vanilla and chocolate. It's a baby amarone at half the price." - Jane Clare, Trinity Mirror & David Gleave MoW, Liberty Wines

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